We've all been there before: We need to send a file from our phone to our laptop or vice versa, only to discover that it can still be a surprisingly clumsy process even in 2022. Although most of us will resort to sending ourselves emailing or uploading a file to the cloud store, Google seems to be working on a way to make it easy and intuitive to send files to yourself.
The company recently launched Nearby Share on ChromeOS and Android as a competitor to Apple's AirDrop, so you can easily send files to nearby devices. The only problem is that it is not super convenient when trying to share files with your own devices. But as discovered by Chrome Story, Chromium Gerrit has recently launched an experimental flag in Chrome called "Self Sharing" that would let you ... well, that's pretty self explanatory.
Once the flag is activated, you should be able to see a new 'Send to your devices' option in the nearby parts menu. As common sharing nearby, Chrome OS would theoretically choose the best way to send the file (whether it be Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) so that it arrives as quickly as possible.
The feature arrives to people on the Canary Development Channel, so it will be a while before regular users have access to it, but it's a welcome addition nonetheless. Although the feature launches for Chrome OS, it's not hard to imagine Google seeking to extend the feature to other devices. At CES 2022, the company announced that it was bringing Nearby Share to Windows (although it has technically been underway for years), so it is reasonable to assume that Google would want to offer similar self-sharing functionality in the end.
Honestly, I'm much more interested in this feature than regular Share nearby. The fact that I am a homemaker living through a pandemic aside sends myself files much more often than I do other people. When I do send a file to other people, I usually have time to upload a file to the cloud storage or send it in an email. Meanwhile, when I send something to myself, I am often more concerned with sending the file as quickly as possible. Here we hope the feature is implemented smoothly and broadly enough to be worth our time.
Via Ars Tecnica